Homosexuality and Anal Cancer

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Anal cancer is cancer that starts in the anus.[1] According to the medical literature, homosexuals and bisexuals are at a significant increased risk for anal cancer.

Homosexuality and anal cancer: Studies in leading medical journals

In 1997, Concerned Women of America reported relative to homosexuality and anal cancer:

Homosexual men's practice of anal sex has left many of them victims of anal cancer. One article in the New England Journal of Medicine commented, "Our study lends strong support to the hypothesis that homosexual behavior in men increases the risk of anal cancer: 21 of the 57 men with anal cancer (37 percent) reported that they were homosexual or bisexual, in contrast to only one of 64 controls." The Journal of the American Medical Association also published similar findings: "Epidemiological studies have shown that risk factors for anal cancer include homosexuality, history of receptive anal intercourse, presence of anal condylomata, and smoking." And the International Journal of Cancer stated, "Being single and having practiced anal intercourse appears to be associated with anal cancer and case reports have suggested a recent increase in the number of cases of anal cancer." Other studies have yielded the same conclusions.[2]

British Medical Association and Nursing Clinics of North America on homosexuality and anal cancer

In June 2004, the journal Nursing Clinics of North America reported concerning homosexuality and anal cancer:

One of the more pressing issues for gay men is anal carcinoma. Several recent studies have indicated the rate of anal dysplasia to be increasing in men with and without HIV. Ninety percent of men with HIV have the human papilomavirus (HPV), while 65% of men without HIV have HPV. HPV type 16 is the most troublesome for developing cancer and is found in a significant portion of gay men.

Another risk factor for developing anal cancer is the use of recreational drugs anally...Inserting "crystal meth" or ecstasy in the rectum can lead to higher rates of anal dysplasia.[3]

See also: Homosexuality and illegal drug use

In 2013, the British Medical Association called for the HPV immunisation programme to be widened to include homosexual men, in an effort to tackle ‘alarming’ rates of HPV related disease.[4]

Homosexual men, promiscuity and anal cancer

According to the Mayo Clinic, risk factors for anal cancer include: (1) being over 50 years in age, (2) having many sexual partners over their lifetime (see: Homosexual men and promiscuity) and (3) "Men and women who engage in anal sex have an increased risk of anal cancer."[5]

American Journal of Medicine: Homosexual men should be checked for anal cancer

On May 31, 2000, WebMD published an article entitled Gay Men Should Be Checked for Anal Cancer, Experts Say which declared:

Gay and bisexual men are at significant risk for developing anal cancer, and testing them for the disease would save many lives, says a new study in the American Journal of Medicine...

Stephen Goldstone, MD...tells WebMD he's been screening and treating gay men for anal cancer for several years and has found that 2.5% of these men have the disease.[6]

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